Representing GB& NI in Grosseto, Italy, Canaan Solomon just failed to progress to the final of the 800m. With the first two to qualify for the final, Canaan finished 3rd in his semi-final in 1m49.42 secs, having qualified from his heat with 1m52.11 secs.
Woodford's UKWL team contested their 3rd and final match of the Premier season at Bromley on Sunday. Although again finishing in 8th place this was a better all-round performance, and only gaps in a handful of events prevented them finishing higher. TVH won the match with 234 points from Birchfield 226, Blackheath 176, Windsor 171, Edinburgh 167.5, Swansea 163.5, SBH 149 and Woodford 141. That meant TVH were champions and Woodford were relegated back to Division One along with SBH. All the athletes rallied round to cover most of the events.The best scoring individual event was the hammer which brought a double victory from Myra Perkins and Lucy Marshall, but there many good performances from others also.
Photos (by Alex Wardle)
Photos (by Keith Newton)
Daniel Rowden just missed out on the European U/23 800m title today as he placed 2nd by just 0.01 secs. Also making a final was Jack Lawrie over 400mH, and Joseph Dewar progressed to the 100m semi-finals.
Saturday saw all 5 divisions compete at the same venue at Bedford in the third round of this season’s BAL competition. As had been predicted by many, the admittedly ambitious timetabling sadly did not run to plan, with the track programme finishing an hour and a half behind schedule, and the field still to complete. Team managers across all divisions lost athletes towards the end of the day to ensure they could reach home that evening, and it appeared that the entire Glasgow team had to leave prior to completion of the delayed programme, in order not to miss their flight home. It will be interesting when the feasibility of this format is properly reviewed in due course.
With the results being scrutinised overnight Woodford finished 5th (having provisionally been placed 4th) in this very close fixture, leaving them 4th overall in the Premiership table. Birchfield the leaders comfortable won with 373, from NEB with 285, SBH 274, Sheffield 265, Woodford 262, TVH 247, Southampton 224 and Liverpool 222. This means with one match left Liverpool are already relegated, and Birchfield will win as long as they field a team in the final fixture. League scores are: Birchfield 24, NEB 18, SBH 16.5, Woodford 15, Sheffield 13, TVH 11.5, Southampton 7 and Liverpool 3. The foundations of Woodford’s performances were led in the field, with several good performances led by a triple jump double win from Tosin Oke and Peter Kirabo. Special mention should be made of Ryan McKinlay who plugged many of the gaps we had.